April 26th, 2012

Hunt Defence Crippled By Home Secretary

Jeremy Hunt may have bought some time yesterday but he is by no means out of the woods yet. Miliband is touring the studios this morning calling him a “firewall” for David Cameron. Andrew Mitchell was sent out to Newsnight to defend Hunt last night and deployed the ‘Gordon Brown didn’t go when his SpAd resigned’ line. True, but two wrongs do not make a right…

Mitchell was curve-balled with a quote by the Home Secretary Theresa May from last week. Her words on the deportation saga are being pushed around this morning: “If any of my officials made a mistake, that is my responsibility…” 


138 Comments

  1. 1
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    We politicians don’t resign anymore because if we did, no one would employ us. Where on earth are we going to get a job that pays as well as ours with a good pension, perks and free 5* travel around the world.That is why Jeremy Hunt will brazen it out. Jahbulon.

    • 5
      Steve Miliband says:

      The BBC

      • 16
        fuckwit asked a question....so here's the answer says:

        “Who would emply politicians that resigned?”

        errr….lobbying firms, banks, in fact any other large corporate businesses (foreign?) that wanted UK legislation passed in their favour.

        • 19
          The Angel of Dearth says:

          I don’t see people queuing up to hire Margaret Moran.

          • Professor says:

            Half the TesCon executives are ex Government bods that still access, which basically allows them to do as they wish. It is not just newspapers that have the Government in their pocket.

          • Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

            Economy is going down the PAN as TAX has been put up. Simple economics.
            HIGH TAX.

          • Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

            The State employ Prostitutes, The oldest game in town they are for sale

          • Anonymous says:

            I’m starting to think that Camoron is quite glad Hunt is not resigning – though according to the ministerial code he will HAVE to go soon.

            He’s a massive distraction from the failure / lack of the govt’s growth policy.

            In an omnishambles you have to prioritise which issues to try and divert attention from.

        • 74
          anonymous says:

          many of the Tory cabinett have ‘too close’ relationships with American drug companies – why do you think they are keen to privitise the NHS? – why do you think the are ‘unworried’ about their own futures? – it’s the public who will suffer not them

          • Artful Banker says:

            Which is why the ‘enlightened’ NHS is to enable 13 yrs old girls to obtain contraceptive means over the counter without their parents being aware. And here was me thinking that the age of consent was 16. Good in’it?

          • Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

            Thats why we will never find a cure of Diabetes or Cancer as the cures will kill off the profits for Global Pharma Companies.

            No more CURES just lots of treatments. Research for cures stifled while Trillions spent on new treatments to keep you alive for a couple more years

          • Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

            The State needs to damage society and Women in particular their social science experiment immigration policy etc, is all about control

      • 20
        The Old Todger says:

        Steve don’t forget those MPs losing their seats and then working for the Beeb, probably doing just as well

    • 46
      Eric Joyce (Teen Fondler) says:

      I resigned Handy, but after your advice I am thinking of withdrawing it. By the way, I am ready, when are you taking me on one of your famous trips to eastern Europe or the far east? Any chance of a good punch up when we get there as well as the shagging? Boaz

    • 71
      Illogical says:

      The buck stops here standard is no more.
      Blair was paramount in changing the rules of the game , where integrity and honesty were conveniently removed from most CVs for almost 2 decades, and anybody hoping for an MP, banker or ministerial equivalent to now immediately resign, fall on his sword or publicly / privately commit seppuku must be living in cloud cookoo land.
      Still accepting innocent until proven guilty though.

      • 131
        Neutral observer says:

        Whilst I agree the sleaze ridden administration under Blair took dodging responsibility to new heights it all actually started with that cad and bounder Cecil Parkinson refusing to resign with his scandal first broke. Maggie should have sacked him, it was one of her major errors in judgement.

    • 87
      yeah, right.... says:

      Ed was on Today and he was asked about his own vision for government. He didn’t really answer, but then how could he? Len McCluskey hasn’t told him what the vision is yet.

    • 124
      Fish says:

      GF – the May thing does not read across.

      May has made a decision on the basis of the advice given to her by her advisers and it is that, if the decision turns out to be wrong, she says she will take responsibility for.*

      Hunt is not int he same position – his adviser apparently made an error of judgement and went too far. Hunt says that he is not aware. If it was the case that Hunt instructed him to do so, Hunt would be dead meat.

      *Incidentally May is quite clear (and has said so three times), that she has unequivocal advice that she is right on the Qatada appeal date. I am struck by her robustness, this week. She must be pretty confident of her ground, as she was with the Brodie Clark matter. If she is right it will be twice that Mrs Balls (with all of her Human rights contacts) has misfired. Perhaps someone should ask her to stand down – clearly she is not up to her brief.

  2. 2
    edmartin says:

    re Mrs May

    good to see someone operating cleanly

  3. 3
    Steve Miliband says:

    I think Ed Miliband speaks a foreign language – I just can’t understand a word of his mumbo jumbo

  4. 4
    Bongler says:

    Hunt can’t run a bath. With the merger review underway his underlings were way too close to the company.

    Why not just close down the entire department? We need to make savings in government. Nobody would notice if these sponging civil servants were fired.

    • 79
      anonymous says:

      Hunt has a history of blunders – so what’s happening now is no more than could have been expected. The man is a loser – why else is in in the Culture Dept???

  5. 6
    Gordon Brown says:

    “If I or any of my officials made a mistake, that is not my responsibility…”

  6. 7

    1. Authority can be delegated but not responsibility.

    2. There are two sides to a dispute and both should be heard before judgment.

  7. 8
    • 62
      I scream says:

      Suggestion of a Plan B, where in fact if George had followed through on his plan A instead of weakly allowing it to become Plan ‘a’, we would not be stlll floundering for so long. The squeezed middle though suffering, appe@r to be all surviving, albeit minimally drawing in their horns to accept buying the good, instead of the best on offer. Needs must applies to all.
      Personally I am enjoying this double dip. Maybe next week I will splash out on a 99, awaiting second quarter results when undoubtedly both the weather and economic climate will improve to allow all their just desserts.

  8. 9
    Volatile combination says:

    Tonight’s Question Time panel has Nigel Farage, Polly Tuscany, Diane ‘Divide and Rule’ Abbott, Chris Grayling and Simon Hughes.

    Farage vs Polly & Diane should be fun.

    • 12
      The BBC says:

      From the Redcar Labour Club

      • 15
        Mandy Kinnock-Clegg says:

        With the SWP bussed in as usual (Northern Labour party members being a bit too right wing for the BBC)

        • 35
          I Remember You Hoo says:

          Three out and out left wingers, one drippy Cameronite social democrat NuToree and a lone Conservative for them to gang up on. Sounds about par for the course for the BBC.

        • 113
          I don't watch it any more says:

          And the usual bused-in crowd of white-pyjama wearing ragheads.

      • 17
        smoggie says:

        Oooh phook, a partisan crowd. Hope none of them takes a walk on Dogshit Beach (where the Dunkirk scenes were filmed for the film Atonement).

        • 32

          Christ – don’t let Farage near that bus – it’ll end up in flames in a field…. hang on, on second thoughts…. NIGE! NIGE! Be a love and just move that bus full of Labour Trolls we’ve brought in – here’s the key!!

        • 105
          Nogbad the Bad says:

          Does Vera Dogshit still live there?

    • 52
      Ah! Monika says:

      Don’t bother Google Earthing it……it’s dire. Can’t imagine what the loos are like.

  9. 10
    Allan D says:

    The more pertinent example would be Stephen Byers and his adviser, Jo Moore, who was forced to resign over her “good day to bury bad news” email in September 2001 along with the Head of the News Division of the Department of Transport, Martin Sixsmith, who had briefed against Moore.

    However from that moment on Byers was a walking dead man and was forced to step down the following May after misleading a survivor of the Paddington train crash over the reasons for putting Network Rail into administration and having his Transport Plan branded as “incomprehensible by the Transport Select Committee. The then Leader of the Opposition, Iain Duncan Smith, said that Byers had been responsible for a

    “culture of deceit, half-truth, and quite often down-right failure to tell the truth at key moments”.

    After Cameron’s experience with Fox and Werrity one might have thought he might have learned a lesson but sadly we appear to be caught in another deja vu moment of ministerial scandal leading to resignation that is all too familiar in British politics.

    • 54
      Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

      Actually I think a judge said something similar to IDS about Byers behaviour in court. He would probably have had to go for that alone. The Jo Moore issue exposed the whole New Labour spin machine (as personified by Mandelson, Draper, Whelan, Campbell etc) for what it was an amoral smearing exercise devoted to tribal political advantage over any sense of public service or common decency.

      Byers was also caught claiming £125,000 expenses for his partner’s flat where he lived rent free. A sort of turbo-charged David Laws case.

    • 82
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      Ah, Byers. I’d forgotten all about him. Where is the Trotskyist expenses chugger now I wonder?

    • 88
      tiny jeremy jimjams chunt says:

      …. but I didn’t do noffink …. I didn’t …. didn’t ….. didn’t …. no, not me …. I didn’t didn’t didn’t ….

  10. 13
    Strummer says:

    The public might take Mr Miliband more seriously if he acted like a proper opposition leader. As a hard-up common Northerner even I am fed up with this ‘posh Dave’ stuff and the ‘too far, too fast’ mantra they incessantly repeat like constipated parrots. What are your policies Mr Miliband, do you have any?

    • 45
      I Remember You Hoo says:

      Look what Miliband minor did when last in government and you will get a taste of what the idiot is about.
      Namely the Climate Change Act, an act so ludicrously expensive ( cost: £780,000,000,000 and rising, to you and every taxpayer in the country ) with nothing of value as an end result.
      Which if you think about it, just about sums him and the existing lying political class up, in a nutshell.

      • 91
        Mine d'Boggles says:

        Here’s a little idea: shut down the Interconnector cable to France (nuclear power electricity supply) and the few of ours that are still limping along. Just rely on windmills. It will probably take about a week before the Government falls.

  11. 23
    Ah! Monika says:

    Labour leader Ed Miliband says it “beggars belief” that the culture secretary is still in his job.

    Err?

    • 37
      Ed's Blank Sheet of Paper says:

      It beggars belief that Ed Miliband is still in his job.

      “Miliband is touring the studios this morning calling him a “firewall” for David Cameron.”

      There he goes, with his finger on the pulse of the nation. I’m delighted Ed has so much time on his hands – does this mean he’s finally filled his blank sheet of paper with policies?

    • 39
      Ed's blank sheet of paper says:

      It beggars belief that Ed Miliband is still in his job.

      “Miliband is touring the studios this morning calling him a “firewall” for David Cameron.”

      There he goes, with his finger on the pulse of the nation. We should be delighted Ed has so much time on his hands – does this mean he’s finally filled his blank sheet of paper with policies?

      • 44
        Q says:

        Well like all decent firewalls I hope he does statefull packet inspection

        Cameron does not accept packets of less than £200k

  12. 30
    Quantitative Easing says:

  13. 40
    HenryV says:

    We are crap. Let’s hope that French chap from Holland shags Europe so Dave’s replacement can jump on board the “Get out of Europe” train. It is the only we will get in now. Can you imagine our country being represented by the likes of Ball, Cooper, and that Polish-Belgium chap with the lithp.

  14. 41
    Gonk says:

    I can’t stand this ‘resign’ and its junior brother ‘apologise’ crap thats developed over the last few years. If you nearly bankrupt a country
    or get caught doing something strange with animals in the dome of St.Pauls
    probably merit some consideration. Otherwise ….

  15. 43
    Survey Monkey says:

    Quick poll. Who is telling the truth Murdoch or Brown?

  16. 51
    ArthurFauxsake... says:

    SOOOO LEVESON REPORTS TO JERRYMERRY *UNT…..JERRYMERRY REPORTS TO JIMMY MORLOCK…..JIMMY REPORTS TO ROOPERT MORLOCK…..ROOPERT PATS THEM ALL ON THE HEAD AND SMILES…..YOU COULD NOT MAKE IT UP……..

    SOOOO LEVESON REPORTS TO JERRYMERRY *UNT…..JERRYMERRY REPORTS TO JIMMY MORLOCK…..JIMMY REPORTS TO ROOPERT MORLOCK…..ROOPERT PATS THEM ALL ON THE HEAD AND SMILES…..YOU COULD NOT MAKE IT UP……..

  17. 53
    Spank Sinatra says:

    DeadEd on Today programme this morning: Words along the lines of “My leadership is all about standing up to vested interests, no matter how powerful”. Yeah right. Shame he wasn’t asked if that included Unite. Tosser!

  18. 55
    El Jezza says:

    Cameron is laughing – he knows that Milibore can’t get near him. He is so insubstantive that he can’t land any punches at all.

    What hope for Labour? (Answer – none!)

    • 64
      Hannibal from Carthage says:

      Millipede is not a danger to Dave but i think he might have more to fear from DCI Knacker of Scotland Yard in relation to such things as fraud and abuse of public office.

      • 93
        Anonymous says:

        Dave’s biggest threat comes from Dave himself – he’s an absolute cert for for ‘what goes around comes around’ – just a matter of time

  19. 56
    Constance Spry says:

    What is a curve ball?

  20. 59
    Quantitative Easing says:

    We starting drinking at 11.00am we have been drinking beer all day, a 2 bottles of wine with a pizza, a few cocktails, some more beer and now we onto spirits. It is nearly midnight and we know we should go home but we still have an Indian meal, some cobra bears and still drink the complimentary home made Baileys.

    We end up shitting the bed

    This is why quantitative easing must be stopped before we shit the bed

  21. 75
    EdMiliband says:

    Listen, all I say to you is, I have a five point plan.

    Brown or white bread?
    Butter or Mayo?
    Salad or no salad?
    Meat or vegetable?
    Chicken salad sandwich with Mayo on brown.

  22. 76
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    I was wondering where I’d seen that picture of a minister and his spad before. They are sweet, aren’t they?

    http://news.sky.com/sky-news/content/StaticFile/jpg/2011/Dec/Week2/16130110.jpg

  23. 78
    Steve Miliband says:

    Great start already – Murdoch stands by his account of call from Brown

    FIGHT!!!!

  24. 85
    Anonymous says:

    The biggest scandal in all of this is the role of Leveson. His opening statement yesterday, calling for people to wait for his Inquiry before judging Hunt and co was a disgraceful attempt to interfere in what is a matter for David Cameron and the parliamentary authorities. Leveson is not the arbiter of single issue matters such as this. I suspect this was deliberate. And it paved the way for Cameron to later contend it should be left to Leveson. Whoever did what at the DCMS there is potentially a criminal case to answer – the oft cited fact that deal did not go through is irrelevant.
    I have no doubt that Cameron sees Leveson as his opportunity to sweep years of corruption in government, the Met, and the media under the carpet. Why on earth is he hearing testimony about matters that should rightly be in a court of law? The inquiry will conclude that all wrong doing is water under the bridge and that “we should move on”. We will probably end up paying compensation to Rebecca Brookes and co.

    • 90
      Abu Qatada says:

      So long as there is something left in the pot for me that is!

    • 96
      Weygand says:

      No, instead of making a judgment because it suits the agenda of Labour, the BBC and the sensationalist media, let’s have one made after an in depth examination under oath of all participants and production of all the emails and other documents so we get the truth.
      If Hunt is in the wrong, this is more likely to be proved by evidence to Leveson than the pathetic student yahbooing of Miliband.

      • 120
        Anonymous says:

        Leveson does not have any remit to judge Hunt. It is actually nothing to do with him except as an example of how relationships between government departments and the press/media can be exploited. He cannot judge Hunt, or Adam Smith or David Cameron. I do not understand blind support for one party when the evidence of wrong-doing is so strong. This is what has been wrong with our politics for years now. The descent into ever-increasing depths of sleaze and criminality in all parties has in a large part been enabled by blinkered support for “our side”. We are at the level of “our crooks are not as bad as yours”. It is madness.
        What I found so refreshing about Guido when I first came to this site was his determination to attack sleaze wherever it came from. He does not compromise his politics by accepting things as ok because it is a Tory doing it.
        I want all politicians brought to account – we will end up with them all getting knighthoods and elected/enobled to the Lords.

        • 128
          Weygand says:

          Wrong again.

          1) I did not say we should let Leveson decide – we must all make our own judgment but we should do so on the evidence and Leveson is the forum best equipped to obtain it via documents and cross examination
          2) The only thing that the ‘evidence’ produced thus far shows is an improper relationship between a News Corp fantasist and a wannabe Spad – and the former admits he never had a single contact with Hunt and the latter says he failed to obey the instructions he was given by the Dept, not that he was acting on them.

          And I doubt that even Guido would claim to be the saint you paint him – he is here for the fun of the rumble in the jungle as much as anything else.

          • Anonymous says:

            You must believe in Father Christmas and the Easter Bunny. Are you seriously suggesting that what Smith and Michel say should be taken on face value? The matter needs to be looked at now while evidence is still around.
            It is not Leveson’s remit to investigate potential criminal activity I do not understand how anyone thinks it should be? He has no power to deal with individual transgressions and, if necessary, to punish the guilty. What if Smith was shown to have received cash for his help – would that be for Leveson? What if he had made profit from shares – would that be for Leveson? I have worked on major contracts and if I had behaved as at least Smith has here I would have been locked up. Cameron and Hunt would look much better if they put up now – if they have nothing to hide what is stopping them?

        • 134
          Weygand says:

          Someone called Anonymous complaining about people with something to hide – YMBFJ

          • Anonymous says:

            Mr Weygand

            Answer this please. If all is sweetness and light for Mr Hunt and Mr Cameron surely they should welcome the most immediate and comprehensive review of the whole process by the best placed individuals so that they can return to the sainthood? Not let it be kicked into the long grass as part of a huge Inquiry whose report is to run to 1000s of pages – whenever it finally sees the light of day.
            We can all have our opinions on what happened. Mine is based on a cynicism about the majority of our politicians. I take no extra pleasure in this being the Tory Party and would hapilly see Straw and Blair in the dock. What I hate is their getting away with anything through political chicanary.
            Anything I have to hide is my business as a private individual – the day I stand up and represent myself as a model of honesty, integrity and a man fit to lead this country I would want and expect that I account for all my public actions.
            Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
            I agree that Guido is not the saint I suggested. It is harder to be saintly and even handed when “in government” and when you have elections to influence.

  25. 97
    just saying says:

    Didn’t he tell Parliament that he had accepted Ofcom’s advice, yet he didn’t.

    So he’s a liar isn’t he?

    Didn’t he say that he had published all the communications with the Murdoch people when he knew he hadn’t?

    So he’s a liar isn’t he?

  26. 99
    Raving Loon says:

    All this talk that spending cuts are to blame for the UK’s piss poor GDP figures is nonsense. The government is spending and borrowing more than Gordon Brown ever did, but you wouldn’t know this from reading newspapers or watching the news. There is a collective blind spot it seems on what actually constitutes a “cut”. I don’t think any post war government has actually reduced spending in cash terms.

    The real problem is that high taxation is the larger part of the defecit reduction scheme (again it’s worth pointing out the difference between defecit and debt which again the media seems to be confused about). It’s difficult for wealth creating private enterprise to do much when they penalised for being productive.

    Ultimately high taxation is really a symptom of high spending, but the government will not make the necessary cuts to bring the budget back into balance because the population as a whole is used to having public services and welfare paid for on the nation’s credit card. No one is prepared to accept a lower standard of living, so nothing will change. Only bankruptcy will bring about the change necessary, and we will go bankrupt but probably via inflation as the government prints money out of thin air and destroys the currency.

  27. 102
    jeremy hunt says:

    I must say, I don’t approve of being the firewall for Cameron. But then again I didn’t have a choice did I.

  28. 103
    Steve Hilton says:

    Dave, is it time to come back yet?

  29. 110
    Ed Millipede Support Committee says:

    “If any of my officials made a mistake, that is my responsibility…”

    If we took that literally no Home Secretary, least of all Theresa ‘Out of My Depth’ May would last more than a week in office – and 6 days of that would be the time taken for the mistake to come to light and her to write the farewell letter

    • 112
      A pragmatist says:

      I don’t recall Brown ever taking ANY responsibility for the great banking cock-up that occurred under his watch. Did he resign? And which is the bigger crime against the country? His or Hunts?

  30. 111
    Guidy Fawkers says:

    Listening to Ed Miliband and talk of lone wolves and firewalls this morning I am reminded of this:

    In touch with the ground
    I’m on the hunt, I’m after you
    Smell like I sound, I’m lost in a crowd
    And I’m hungry like the wolf
    Straddle the line in discord and rhyme
    I’m on the hunt, I’m after you
    Mouth is alive with juices like wine
    And I’m hungry like the wolf

    Stalked in the forest, too close to hide
    I’ll be upon you by the moonlight side
    High blood drumming on your skin, it’s so tight
    You feel my heat, I’m just a moment behind
    (Taylor, Paul / Johansson, Patrick Severin / Norden, Linus Robert)

    I’m wondering who is on the menu after Hunt? Looking forward to today’s serving of Murdoch’s cold tongue!

  31. 115
    polarii says:

    “A Conservative government is organised hypocrisy” – Disraeli

  32. 122
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    Good old Linklaters have this morning amended the bundle of documents because that 81 year old man yesterday was right when he said the date sequence was incorrect.

    I tell you the guy knows everything in that bundle backwards.

  33. 123
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    I seem to recall that when he was a young backbench MP Mr Cameron had some very interesting ideas about prison food.

  34. 125
    Stacks of sleaze says:

    After yesterdays pantomine we are being told this morning that the OFT are looking into matters.

    I think that Scotland Yard should be involved and I wonder what is going through Levesons mind.

    His summary of the legal privilege position was only that :a summary.

  35. 136
    Peter says:

    It’s a different matter though when Rupert says he didn’t know what his staff were doing, isn’t it Hunt and May? Take the b*****s to the cleaners, Rupert! I want to see resignations and sackings.

  36. 138
    Stacks of sleaze says:

    When Hunt was offered the BskyB adjudication he should have told Cameron he could not possibly accept it because a. He knew the Murdochs and people in Newscorp b. he may even have discussed the merger with people with an interest and c. In any event he favoured the deal going through.

    He did not do any of these things but grabbed the extra responsibility in the hope no doubt that it would look good on his CV.

    Well it has definitely comeback to bite him on the bottom now.

    If you look at the definition of a Spad then there is clearly something more than a little wrong regarding what has now unfolded.

    Hunt’ s slice of luck is that he has only got Harman on his back. She might be legally trained but she couldn’t win a fight against a dead squid.

    He should have been sacked by now arrested and locked up in the Tower of London with no bail . He would of course still be entitled to his choice of six breakfasts.


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